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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015
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How to navigate the
college aid maze
f you’re worried about
paying for your child’s
keep this statistic in
mind: During the 2011-
12 school year, the U.S.
Department of Education
reported that 85 percent
of all full-time, four-year
college students were
receiving some form of
way ahead of time to
develop a college-savings
need more resources to
cover additional costs,
get to know the Free
Application for Federal
Student Aid, better known
as FAFSA (https://fafsa.
FAFSA is the universal
application for current
and prospective U.S.
college students to
aid. It is the gateway to
grants, student loans and
work-study programs on
the federal and state level.
If you have a child
headed for college, it’s a
good idea to learn about
the FAFSA as early as
possible. The universal
any current or prospective
student who needs
help paying for higher
education. For the 2014-
15 academic year, the
College Board reported
that annual tuition, room
and board averaged
$18,943 at in-state public
for out-of-state students
and $42,419 at private,
FAFSA, but if your child
is a dependent student,
you should gather the
are generally younger
than 24, unmarried and
not working full-time,
and they will need
Students with special
(including absent parents)
may still qualify for
federal and state aid
under certain conditions
but should check
aid representatives at
The process starts
with the student choosing
a personal information
number that gives them
multi-year access to the
They will follow up
with their own Social
Security, contact and
Parents will submit
their most recent federal
income tax data and other
proof of income; Alien
are required from parents
who are not U.S. citizens.
More detail is available
on the FAFSA site.
after Jan. 1 every year,
deadline. Keep in mind,
though, that a student’s
current or target school
deadlines.htm) can be
on the state in which they
plan to attend college.
Before this process
begins, however, tax and
be consulted to discuss
the full range of savings
and investing options that
can minimize the need for
student borrowing. For
assistance in completing
the FAFSA form,
parents and prospective
students should consider
aid administrators at
or where the student
has been accepted for
admission. Some schools
offer workshops in
organizations like College
Goal Sunday (http://www.
org/) offer that assistance
in 39 states.
Hermiston store offers a
about college variety of services
now can help
Shipping Solutions of Hermiston
or a private shipping company with
the feel of a small business.
Dorothy Smith, who owns the
students make business
with her husband, Dave, said
Solutions provides autho-
the best plans rized shipping
for FedEx, UPS and
the United States Postal Service and
offers a variety of other services.
“We do everything that they do ex-
it’s a mom and pop-type of busi-
those expenses. cept
ness,” she said. “It’s a cute little store.”
said the business had been
Whether college in Smith
operation for about 17 years be-
they bought it several years ago
is months or fore
in the Safeway Plaza with a plan to
move it to a more visible location. Af-
ter purchasing the Talery Plaza across
Fourth Street about a year ago, Smith
they moved the business into its
it’s never too said
new location, 1000 S. Highway 395,
early to start at the beginning of February.
Providing shipping solutions
BY SEAN HART
Parents and students
should also check their
own networks for help.
study), fraternal societies
and private foundations
are great potential
resources for no-strings
scholarships and grant
money. If a dependent
child works a summer
job at a major company
(fast food, retail and
beyond), he or she can
check if the employer
offers scholarships or
part-time workers. It is
also important to keep an
eye on the news for the
latest changes to federal
student loan rules.
Bottom line: Knowing
as much as possible about
can help parents and
students make the best
plans for covering those
expenses. Whether college
is months or years away,
it’s never too early to start
planning and saving.
— Jason Alderman
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VOLUME 109 ɿ NUMBER 18
SEAN HART PHOTO
Shipping Solutions of Hermiston owner Dorothy Smith, right, helps customer Yesenia Rodriguez Monday at the business’s new
location, 1000 S. Highway 395. A grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place at noon March 11.
“It’s a great location,” she said.
“It’s so easy (to get) in and out of
here. The appearance makes it look
like there’s more space. It’s bright.
It’s just got a really nice, clean
look to it. It seems that every-
body that comes in is just kind
of in awe of the store. I’ve had
at Ship n cutting w
lots of compliments on it.”
locatio g Solutions o ke place at n
Smith said the business of-
store is 1000 S. H f Hermiston oon
fers personal mailboxes that
Monda n from 9 a.m ay 395. The w
people can access at any time
. to 5:3
with a key to a separate door.
0 a.m. h Fridays an p.m.
to 2 p.
The mailbox area is closed off
ays. . on
from the rest of the store during
non-business hours and also fea-
tures a drop box for mail.
Shipping Solutions has a variety
of shipping supplies, she said, along
with a variety of other services.
copy machines, both color and black
“We also do faxing and emailing, and white, as well as scanners and a
laminating, binding notebooks, nota- machine that can fold documents.
rizing, which is really big,” she said.
Smith said the Hermiston store
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in just to get things notarized. We do husband also own Shipping Solutions
a lot of novelty things like greeting of Pendleton and O So Kleen.
cards. If people want to make busi-
She said she is excited for Ship-
ness cards, we have a company that ping Solutions of Hermiston’s grand
we work with to get them usually opening and ribbon cutting, which
within a week.”
will take place at noon March 11.
The business has self-service
“I think that will get the word out
because a lot of people are still driv-
ing over to the old spot we were be-
fore,” she said. “It will just kind of let
them know, ‘Hey, we moved. We’re
over here.’ ”
Shipping Solutions is open from 9
a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through
Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Saturdays at the new location, 1000 S.
Highway 395, Hermiston.
SEAN HART PHOTO
SEAN HART PHOTO
Dorothy Smith, who owns Shipping Solutions of Hermiston with her husband, Dave,
poses inside the new store location in the Talery Plaza, which the Smiths purchased
about a year ago.
Dorothy Smith, who owns Shipping
Solutions of Hermiston with her hus-
band, Dave, shows the back room for
the store’s mailbox section, which is
accessible at all hours.
Latino Business Network
meeting next week
The Latino Business Network
meeting will take place at 9 a.m.
March 11 at the Employment Depart-
ment/Work Source Oregon, 950 S.E.
Columbia Drive, Suite B, Hermiston.
Featured speakers are Blue Moun-
tain Community College President
Cam Preus and Art Hill with BMCC
Small Business Development.
Donuts and coffee will be served.
The Hermiston Chamber of Com-
merce’s vision is to promote, edu-
cate and support Latino businesses in
the greater Hermiston area through
networking, advocacy and business
community partnership. For more in-
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Farm Worker and Ag
Employer Expo coming up
People are invited to the second
annual Farm Worker and Ag Em-
ployer Expo from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 11 at the Hermiston Confer-
ence Center, 415 S. Highway 395,
Guest speakers include Fernan-
do Gutierrez, state monitor advo-
cate for the Oregon Employment
Department; Liz Marvin, Project
College Bound coordinator with
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will provide information on FAF-
SA; Manny Medrano with Oregon
Human Development Corp.; Elvi-
ra Salamanca with CAPECO, who
will share training and education
opportunities available; and a farm
worker attorney. People will also
hear about other training and em-
ployment programs to help build
the workforce and learn more about
the Latino Business Network. Fiesta
Foods will be serving dinner at the
beginning of the event.
For more information, call the
Hermiston Chamber of Commerce
at 541-567-6151 or, for Span-
ish-speakers, Eddie De La Cruz,
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